The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth
This classic exploration of the Goddess through time and throughout the world draws on religious, cultural, and archaeological sources to recreate the Goddess religion that is humanity's heritage. Now, with a new introduction and full-colour artwork, t
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While the one reviewer claims that early people were indeed not matriarchal and did not worship goddesses, he has to contend with my 2017 brand knew college text book that begs to differ.
I do not think he has the credentials to claim this book or my college textbook inaccurate.
That being said, I was amazed by this book. It explains itself in superb detail and with both archeological and scientific evidence what early tribal societies look like. It explains everything in a way that it all makes perfect sense. It is a must read.
The book puts a lot of emphasis on women's place in creating the foundation of our modern day civilization. This often times hurts men who are used to being the inventors and leaders. Due to this, men feel it look down on them. No such thing! They must learn that just because this book emphasizes women's role that it doesn't equate to also mean men are nothing. Men had their roles but it just isn't covered in this book.
Anyway, great, great read!
I read this book back in 1990. Recent archeology at the Catolhoyuk neolithic site in Turkey and elsewhere pretty much puts to bed the notion that Neolithic societies were Goddess worshippers, much less being matriarchal in nature. Its a nice hypothesis, but it doesn't stand up to reality in the field. The book is based on old ideas that have been pretty much disproven by more recent digs.
It's value is really in seeing how a few "facts" from science can be exploded into a whole fanatsy of a non-existent society when ideologically motivated to do so. In this case the motivation is the radical feminism of the authors and their misguided notions of female moral superiority over men. When the authors really get into the nitty gritty of their fabulist matriarchal scoiety of the Neolithic period, they describe a very gynocentric society that discriminates against men, and the authors think thats wonderful and as it should be. This book also shows how science can be warped to serve a political viewpoint.
Moon and Womb
Witch Rebel Midwife and Healer
Goddess of the Witches
Tantra and the World Spine
PATRIARCHAL CULTURE AND RELIGION
Suns Victory over the Dark Mother
The Sun God
The jealous God
Mysteries of the Throne the Cave and the Labyrinth
The Cult of the Dead
WOMENS CULTURE AND RELIGION IN NEOLITHIC TIMES
The Moon and the Stone
The Earth Mound as Cosmic Womb of the Pregnant Goddess
The Islands of Malta and Gozo
Twelve Circling Dancers
Earth Spirit Serpent Spirals and Blind Springs
Underground Caverns and Alchemic Mysteries
The Great Intellectual Triumph of Womens Culture
The Cow Goddess and New Foods
The Moon Tree
Split in the Garden
Life as a Mistake
Denial of the People
The American Split
The Divine Homosexual Family
Beyond the Male God and His Machine
Respell the World
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